Poetic Justice: An Anthology of Contemporary Moroccan Poetry (CMES Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation) (Paperback)

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By Deborah Kapchan (Editor)
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Poetic Justice is the first anthology of contemporary Moroccan poetry in English. The work is primarily composed of poets who began writing after Moroccan independence in 1956 and includes work written in Moroccan Arabic (darija), classical Arabic, French, and Tamazight.

Why Poetic Justice? Moroccan poetry (and especially zajal, oral poetry now written in Moroccan Arabic) is often published in newspapers and journals and is thus a vibrant form of social commentary; what’s more, there is a law, a justice, in the aesthetic act that speaks back to the law of the land. Poetic Justice because literature has the power to shape the cultural and moral imagination in profound and just ways.

Reading this oeuvre from independence until the new millennium and beyond, it is clear that what poet Driss Mesnaoui calls the “letters of time” have long been in the hands of Moroccan poets, as they write their ethics, their aesthetics, as well as their gendered and political lives into poetic being.

About the Author


Deborah Kapchan New York, NY Kapchan is a professor of performance studies at New York University. A Guggenheim fellow, she is the author of Gender on the Market and Traveling Spirit Masters, as well as numerous articles on sound, narrative, and poetics

Praise For…


Kapchan’s collection brings together a rich and varied tapestry of Morocco’s many poetry traditions, addressing themes as various as desire, political prisons, and spirituality.
— Al-Fanar Media
Product Details
ISBN: 9781477318492
ISBN-10: 1477318496
Publisher: Ctr for Middle Eastern Studies UT-Austin
Publication Date: July 1st, 2019
Pages: 436
Language: English
Series: CMES Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation